The Death Penalty as a Cruel Punishment or Effective Deterrent

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The Death Penalty as a Cruel Punishment or Effective Deterrent

In the United States, a murder occurs every twenty-four minutes. This rate is increasing yearly. Currently there are more than 3,000 inmates on death row. Since 1977, there have been more then 624 executions. As of right now there are thirty-eight states including the U.S. military that use the death penalty. Although the majority of the United States participates in this form of punishment, it is still a controversial issue in our society. The current form of execution used in most states is lethal injection. Lethal injection must be an effective form of punishment if only twelve states do not use it. Apparently, in a recent pole, 86 percent of people
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The cruelty issue is up to the Supreme Court to decide with each individual case. In this situation, this is where the question of cruel punishment, or effective deterrent comes into light. The financial problems are extreme because the United States has spent over 2 billion dollars for the execution of inmates on death row. The average execution costs about 3 million dollars and up to 10 million in some cases (www.law.about.com).

One other reason why people oppose the death penalty is because of the way the media portrays the death penalty. One case in particular involves a man on death row named Mumia Abu-Jamal. Jamal is on death row for killing Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. The scenario is, Jamal was standing on a street corner, when his brother was pulled over by Officer Faulkner. When Jamal’s brother was asked to step out of the car, he punched Faulkner in the face. When Jamal saw this, he ran across the street and shot the Officer twice, once in the back, and once between his eyes. The amazing part to this story is, Mumia is still on death row, 9 years after numerous eyewitnesses testified to seeing this whole episode. Now you may ask yourself why he is still on death row. Personally, I feel that the media is giving out false information so people do not get the true story. If the death penalty were instituted, the media would never have a chance to misinform

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